Setting new standards for technical deliveries

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Leading logistics and supply chain management training provider, Logistics Learning Alliance (LLA), is launching an online technical distribution course, which is one of the components of the new 'Deliver, Offload and Position' system (DOPsys).

A crucial part of any supply chain is the 'last-mile' delivery – the final leg of the distribution process. A company can ship a product from China to the UK, clear it through Customs, transport it to a distribution centre, and fulfil an order in record time. But if it doesn't 'Deliver, Offload and Position' the product for the end consumer to a high, quality assured standard, ready for commissioning, then the company's supply chain has failed.

With this in mind, DOPsys has been developed and is the world's first certified process for technical distribution and 'last mile' delivery. The system is designed to ensure consistently high standards are achieved by establishing a robust framework for all logistics providers offering specialist delivery solutions and more importantly for clients and end users procuring the service.

Peter Jones, managing director at LLA, said: "The last thing customers want is their new equipment arriving late, incomplete, or damaged. When consumers remodel and spend a significant amount of money, all the components need to be delivered on time and free from damage. Anything else, and the relationship between a company, its customer, or an end consumer, can be negatively impacted.

"DOPsys provides the logistics industry with a measured level of training and a clear standard, which will reassure customers that their exacting standards and demands will be met. It has already been recognised as setting an industry best practice solution by 'LaMiLo' (last mile logistics) – an INTERREG IVB North West Europe sustainability project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund."

This is also the first time that a course focused exclusively on technical distribution has been available through remote learning modules. The programme is divided into three levels – technician, team leader, and project manager – and is certified by the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM).

Each stage builds on the previous level and can be separately certified. However to achieve fully Certified DOPsys project manager status, candidates will need to have either completed both previous levels, or provided evidence to the assessor of prior learning and experience at the lower levels.

The course is fully supported by LLA's expert team of industry professionals and learner support administrators. Whether studying as individuals or through a company programme, students can study at a pace to suit their circumstances.

For details about DOPsys courses visit www.logisticslearningalliance.com/company-training/dopsys

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